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About Us

We are a not-for-profit community Nursery. Our purpose is to protect and restore the ecological values of south-east Queensland habitats by returning locally indigenous plants to the landscape.

We aim to achieve this through:

  • Growing, selling and promoting the use of indigenous plant species for every situation, from large-scale revegetation projects to home gardens
  • Encouraging community awareness and appreciation of the importance of native plants in the environment
  • Promoting the use of locally native plants in place of exotic species
  • Providing volunteering and educational opportunities for individuals to develop skills in identifying, selecting and growing native plants

We believe that habitat restoration is possible and necessary at all levels.  From rural to residential, the change and difference can be made literally in our own back yards.

Paten Park Native Nursery

Paten Park Native Nursery is a not-for-profit community driven native plants nursery in The Gap, Brisbane. Driven by the love of native plants, we've been helping both local individuals and groups to give some love to our often neglected native species.
Paten Park Native Nursery
Paten Park Native Nursery2 days ago
ARGUS ATTRACTOR
Attracting butterflies and bees, the Musk-scented Plant (Hypoestes floribunda) is a pretty, scented medicinal herb that produces clusters of pink or mauve flowers in winter.
It’s a host plant for Blue Argus butterflies and is good for cottage gardens, growing in pots or as an understorey plant up to 1m tall in full shade or filtered sunlight.
As a medicinal plant, it has been used to treat skin disorders, wounds and inflammation. Traditional uses include mashing it for application on sores or as an inhalation to relieve colds.
This dry rainforest plant likes a moist spot and belongs to the family Acanthaceae of mainly tropical plants including vines, shrubs, herbs and many introduced garden ornamentals.
The almost 250 genera in this family include the genus Avicennia of ecologically-important mangroves such as the Grey Mangrove (Avicennia marina) which grows along the Australian coastline and mudflats in every state except Tasmania.
Hypoestes floribunda is endemic to northeast NSW and Queensland and islands further north.
Its scientific name comes from the Greek “Hypo” meaning “under” and “este” meaning “house”, referring to the way the flowers are hidden in the bracts.
Floribunda is Latin for “many flowering”, referring to its dense clusters of flowers.
It responds well to tip pruning after flowering to make it more dense and produce more flowers.
Paten Park Native Nursery
Paten Park Native Nursery5 days ago
BEAUTY BUSH
If you want to bring birds, bees and butterflies to your garden, the Velvet Leaf (Callicarpa pedunculata) is one to plant.
This fast-growing, pollution-tolerant shrub has velvet-like leaves covered in soft, fine hairs and pretty pink, white or lavender flowers followed by striking sprays of succulent purple fruit that attract birds and show why plants in this genus are also commonly known as Beautyberries.
Endemic to Queensland and NSW as far south as Port Macquarie, this frost-sensitive, dry rainforest plant grows up to 5m in full or filtered sunlight but can be pruned to shape.
The fruit is too acidic to be palatable to humans and may be toxic to cattle. Its fresh, crushed leaves have been used to stupefy fish, eels and shrimps.
It’s also found in PNG and Southeast Asia to Indo-China, Southern China and northeast India. It has been used as a medicinal plant to treat nosebleed, wounds and swelling, bleeding, rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions.
As it belongs to the family Verbenaceae, as does Lantana, it’s sometimes suggested as a Lantana replacement but it is not as vigorous, spiky or drought-tolerant, so is best planted along with other native plants such as Bursaria spinosa or Orange Thorn (Pittosporum multiflorum) to provide a habitat for small birds.
As Callicarpa pedunculata is in fruit now, it will be a couple of months before Paten Park Native Nursery has tubestock available.
Paten Park Native Nursery
Paten Park Native Nursery1 week ago
BUSH MEDICINE
We’ve all heard of Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils and now the medicinal potential of Australia’s native plants is the focus of scientific research to develop new drugs.
A recent review identified 135 species of Queensland Aboriginal medicinal plants belonging to 103 genera from 53 families, with Myrtaceae having the most representatives.*
But long before anyone had access to GPs or hospitals, indigenous people and early pioneers used native plant remedies to treat a variety of ills.
This book, “Bush Medicine” published by Native Plants Queensland – Pine Rivers Branch and written and illustrated by Jan Sked, lists local native plants and their traditional medicinal uses garnered from various sources including people who’ve spent much of their lives in the bush.
Take the Broad-Leaved Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) for example.
Oil extracted from its leaves was used for coughs and colds, as disinfectant, insect repellent and insecticide. The leaves were used to make tea to treat colds, headache and general sickness; bruised and used as a pack for sore muscles or chewed when new to relieve head colds.
White Cedar (Melia azedarach) leaves were placed among clothing and in books as an insect repellent; Slender Mint (Mentha diemenica) was used to treat stomach cramps, menstrual disorders and as a diuretic and the sap of the Strangler Fig (Ficus watkinsiana) was applied to ringworm-infested skin.
Other plants listed with medicinal uses include the Cluster Fig (Ficus racemosa), Cordylines and Banksias, Pigface (Carpobrotus glaucescens) and the Mangrove Fern (Acrostichum aureum).
Even the Lawyer Cane or Wait-a-While (Calamus muelleri) had its uses. Young shoots were eaten to combat dysentery and the sap drunk to relieve colds.
“It is not intended that these remedies be used in preference to conventional medicine and their effectiveness is not guaranteed,” the author says. “They are simply recorded here as another interesting facet of our Australian Native Plants.”
Available at PPNN for $15.
For more about native plants, see Paten’s Manuscripts - Paten Park Native Nursery (ppnn.org.au)

BCC Free Native Plant Program

Brisbane City Council’s Free Native Plants Program offers a range of plants to assist the community to plant and green their properties. The native species provided through the program will help grow our city’s urban forest and support local wildlife.

We are only able to accept approved stamped Free Native Plants vouchers.

Find out how to claim your FREE BCC native plant vouchers here!

We Do Gift Vouchers

Available now, Paten Park Native Nursery gift vouchers are the ideal gift for anyone with a green thumb. Contact us to learn more.

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